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With over 1 million Brits living in Australia, it’s now easier than ever to make the move down under. Emigrating to Australia can seem daunting given the distance, but it doesn’t have to be.
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Before you decide to relocate to Australia, you need to consider your shipping options and the costs of those available. Given Australia is almost 9,500km away from the UK, road and rail freight isn’t plausible.
The three available shipping options are:
The majority of people will choose a combination of sea and air freight, but part-load is a useful option for those with fewer goods to transport. The option you select will be based on your budget and the number of items you need to ship.
When shipping to Australia, you need to consider customs clearance, along with the items you legally can and cannot ship. If you don’t follow the correct shipping rules, this will impact the time it takes to receive your goods.
Sea freight tends to be the best option for shipping goods to Australia, and it will take around 8 weeks for your goods to arrive. The container sizes are large and you can typically fit the contents of an entire 3-bed house into a 20 or 40-ft container.
The only downside to sea freight is the time it takes to reach Australia. Even so, it provides the best value for money and it’s the most cost-effective method of relocating on a budget.
With over 8 significant ports in Australia, there are options in both cities and regional areas. The main shipping ports are Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Your goods can be shipped by the removals company to the nearest port.
Air freight is a favourable option for many given how quickly goods arrive. Depending on the type of delivery chosen, goods often arrive within 3-10 days.
If you’re looking to ship a smaller amount of important goods air freight can be useful. But while it may be quicker, it’s significantly more expensive. The cost of air freight is calculated on the weight of the items, and you’re limited to shipping smaller goods.
Items such as vehicles or furniture will need to arrive via sea freight. This is why a combination of sea and air freight is a popular choice.
If you only have several items, part-load is a useful option to consider. This allows you to share shipping freight with others. By choosing this method, you’re cutting the cost of shipping significantly. You’re not taking up any unnecessary room, helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Part-load via sea freight does take longer than shipping a container filled entirely with your goods. This is due to the container being shared with others, and the delivery and waiting times involved. Once shipped you can expect your goods to arrive within 29-34 days.
You need to be mindful of the size of the items you ship when choosing part-load as you will only have a limited amount of space. Given that goods are tightly packaged, this helps protect fragile items, and it requires less handling in general.
The cost of shipping furniture to Australia is dependent on several factors such as:
Here are the average sea freight shipping costs from the UK to Australia according to our Container Shipping Costs article:
The cost of air freight is significantly higher than this. If you shipped the contents of a 4-bed house, this could cost from around £5,809. This is based on MoveHub figures.
This is why it’s good to opt for sea freight for the larger items as it’s not based on weight, even if you are looking for furniture removals.
Part-load will cut the cost of both options as you’re using less space, and shipping fewer goods. To find out more about part loads, our Part Load and Small Removals article covers everything you need to know.
When you arrive in Australia, you will need to provide these documents:
Pets need to pass biosecurity regulations. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry website contains more information on this.
For any additional documentation requirements, visit the Australian High Commission website.
From 6th July 2022, restrictions regarding Covid-19 were lifted. Check the GOV.UK website for up-to-date travel information.
Visas and Permits
The Australia Visa Finder service will help you find the right visa. The visa application process takes around 6-8 months to complete.
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